Hi Fellas,I'm a new RE owner, and this is my first post. I'm glad to be a part of the club, and I love the bike. I have a 2009 Military (C5 / UCE / EFI). The bike has approximately 4300 miles on it, and I've only had a few minor problems: bad battery (twice), replaced chain at 4000 miles, and now I'm having a performance issue.The bike misfires and backfires. Sometimes it is REALLY bad. I worried that I wouldn't make it to my house 2 miles away a couple of days ago. Sometimes it doesn't happen at all.
Whoa!! Major problem. The reason I started the bike smells like it is burning very rich is that the fuel tank is actually leaking gas! Near the rear bolts on the left side where there is a welded seam, gas is oozing from the tank.I assume that something from the tank actually broke lose and made it into the gas line a few days back when the engine was running at its worst. The performance of the engine has been great for the past two days.I guess this calls for a trip to the dealer in the morning.Mance
Thanks for the note.Yes, I forgot to mention that I changed the spark plug. Replaced with stock equivalent. I don't have any experience looking at plugs to tell if the bike is running lean or rich, so I can't say much about how the old plug looked.
Thanks for the note. I don't have any experience looking at plugs to tell if the bike is running lean or rich, so I can't say much about how the old plug looked.
You should change your riding habits. Ride more and longer.
Should also install a battery tender to keep it charged up if you can't ride it for long distances. Cost is generally less than 30 bucks and will eliminate lots of problems.
Hello, Also coming to this a bit late. Bought a beautiful black classic after riding one 2500km across the Indian Himalayas and instantly fell in love. However I too am having this problem, My bike has a shorter non stock exhaust (sounds fantastic) and was riding fine for about 500 miles until the exact problems that Mance listed started happening on my daily commute in London. For the first 2-3 miles the bike is almost un-ridable, popping, backfiring and setting off every car alarm I drive past but if I stick with it the bike starts to ride beautifully, (smells a little hot though) Mance did you eventually solve this problem without having to turn it off at every traffic light? Also getting tired of having to buy a new spark plug every 2 weeks! Many thanks!